December 15, 2010 —
By Bill Mullaly
The first full week of the winter sports season took place last week with three teams competing for the Hudson Tigers. The girl’s basketball team had an impressive win over archrival Addison at home on Tuesday in non-league action. The boy’s wrestling team just continues to win and win some more taking first in two different meets last week. The boy’s basketball team began last week with a win but the week ended with a huge loss at home on Parent’s Night. Here is a look at how the teams did as the winter weather has arrived and so have the sports teams.
Wrestlers keep winning
Hudson won the prestigious Jackson Area Wrestling Showdown (JAWS) on Saturday at Jackson High School. The Tigers easily beat Leslie 72-9 and Grass Lake 65-15 in the power pool portion. Then in the top pool against the other three best teams the Tigers won handily. Hudson beat Addison 62-12, took care of Napoleon 42-22 and whipped Manchester 50-18. The wins were nice but Tiger head coach Scott “Scooter” Marry will be the first to say they don’t mean a whole lot now compared to what lies ahead in two months. “This win doesn’t really count but what counts is where the teams go from here and how much we all progress,” said Marry about the three wins over Addison, Napoleon and Manchester.
With the five wins on the day and two more earlier in the week the Tigers are now a perfect 12-0 on the season. The Tigers also beat division 2 sixth-ranked Holly on Wednesday at a tri-meet in Howell. Holly went down 45-27 and host Howell fell 42-27. Getting two pins on the night for Hudson were freshman Cole Weaver at 112 pounds, junior Devan Marry at 160 and senior Matthew Smith at 215. Also, getting two wins for the meet were Isaac Dusseau at 103, Dakota Kelley at 135, Camden McCaskey at 140 and Zach Rieger at 285 pounds. Others winning for Hudson on the mat with decisions were Jimmy Williams and Grant Benschoter both at 189 pounds.
At the JAWS meet the Tigers got very good performances from Dusseau at 103, Weaver at 112, Tyler Mattison at 119-25, Marry at 160, Smith at 215 and Rieger at 275 as all six wrestlers were undefeated. Rieger was 4-0 and the other five went 5-0. James Herron at 171, JD Waters at 119-25 and Kelley at 135 were all 4-1 for the day. Williams was 3-1 at 189 and Benschoter was 2-0 at 189-215. McCaskey at 145 and Joel Varney at 152 were both 3-2 for the meet.
In the most recent state wrestling rankings the Tigers are number one in division 4 but most importantly they are ranked seventh in the entire state, all divisions included, in the power of 15 state poll.
Lady Tigers beat Addison
At home it was Hudson topping Addison 52-24 to move to 2-1 on the young season. Hudson got ahead right away and stayed there leading 15-10 after one quarter of play. Hudson jumped ahead 28-17 at intermission and then held off the Panthers in the second half. The Lady Tigers were still up 40-27 after three quarters and they stayed ahead for the key non-league win. Senior Standout Sarah Luma scored a team-high 20 points with eight hoops and a four of four night at the foul line. Junior Katie Benschoter had 12 points and senior Courtney Walter added eight. Junior Sam Merillat scored four points as did sophomore Ashley Monahan. Ember Grames scored four points as she hit a three-point shot. Walter had a pair of three-pointers in her eights points. Addison hit seven three-pointers with erone play Leigha Braman making five 3′s but it wasn’t enough in this game. Addison was just one of four at the charity stripe and Hudson was only seven of 16. Addison committed 11 fouls to only seven for Hudson. Besnchoter was the game’s leading rebounder with ten boards. The girls will next be in action tomorrow (Friday) at Onsted as they begin LCAA play. Onsted has a former Tiger’s daughter playing as Matt Johnson’s daughter Lexi is one of the Wildcats top players.
Boys have long night
It was two different Hillsdale teams that Hudson faced last week. In the season opener a week ago Monday the Tigers had their way with Hillsdale Academy winning the road contest 53-44 but four nights later it was the real team from Hillsdale coming to Hudson as the Hornets wanted some revenge for the football loss they suffered at Hudson and they got the revenge. Hillsdale won easily putting a mercy rule, running clock hurting on the Tigers to the tune of 66-24. Hillsdale went ahead 17-4 after just one period of play and by halftime they were up 38-12. Then the score ballooned to 55-21 and eventually hit the 40-point mercy limit before it ended. The Tigers struggled at the foul line making just nine of 22 attempts compared to Hillsdale’s 19 of 35 effort. Both teams made just one 3-point shot.
The game was kind of rough with some of the Tigers forgetting that the football season had ended but there were no injuries reported in the rough and tumble game. Drew Milligan led Hudson with six points, while Cullan Wilkerson had five and Justin Boies four points. Adam Laughlin scored three points as did Elliott Lockhart. Getting two points was Justin Sumber and Nathaniel Osborne added one point. Milligan hit the lone Tiger 3-point shot.
The Tigers were hurt by numerous turnovers as the Hornets put on an effective full-court press that they used for most of the game. Hudson was hurt by poor shooting that limited them to single digits in each quarter. The loss puts Hudson at 1-1 on the season.
In the opening win against the Colts of Hillsdale Academy the scoring leader was Milligan with 13 points. The Tigers were schedule to be at Jonesville this past Monday night for a non-league tilt. Then they will be off until December 28th when they play in the first annual Siena Heights University Holiday Classic in Adrian.